The wait is finally over. We’re finally here in LA, standing in front of an actual Audi RS6 Avant bound for the US market. It’s the first time in history that Audi is selling the RS6 Avant in the ‘States and it’s something Audi fans have been begging Audi to bring for as long as we can remember.
This new generation of Audi RS6 Avant is not only the first to come to America but it may just be the best one yet. Thanks to its new 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8, it now makes 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Audi claims 0-60 mph in the high three-second range but we suspect it will be in the low three-second range on the actual road, as Germans are typically quite conservative when it comes to power and performance figures.
It’s also the first generation of RS6 Avant to get a new cross-link hydraulic suspension setup, similar to the one found in many McLarens. However, it’s also used in other Audi Sport models, including the TT RS. So it should have a beautiful balance of comfort and performance. In fact, that new suspension setup is one of the parts of the RS6 we’re most looking forward to testing.
The new Audi RS6 Avant looks great, too. It’s probably the most aggressive car Audi has put out in ages, aside from the R8 of course, and that’s incredibly refreshing. It’s low, wide and angry looking and could be the best looking performance wagon on the market, though we know there aren’t many competitors in said market.
Either way, we’re unbelievably excited to see the new Audi RS6 Avant here at the LA Auto Show, where it’s being shown to the majority of North American media for the first time. Even more than that, we can’t wait to actually drive the thing. The idea of driving a near-600 hp Audi wagon on US soil has us positively giddy.